Kids rewarded with ride in Rose Parade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake More than 150 supporters attended the ceremony, including Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who helped present the awards. — “Operation Christmas for our Troops II” collected more than 40,000 toys for the children of Californians serving in the U.S. military this year, and CDs, DVDs and video games for to the troops themselves. Last week, the employees of Woodland Hills-based 21st Century Insurance donated 750 toys to the National Guard facility in Ontario. Yellow Ribbon America, the National Guard Association of California and the California state Legislature sponsored the operation. — In a community service project in advance of his upcoming bar mitzvah, 12-year-old Nicholas Sacks of West Hills collected 36 large bags of hygiene products and donated them to the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles.—Submit Community Column items via email to dnmetro@dailynews.com; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eight Los Angeles children will ride horses in the upcoming Rose Parade as a reward for their success in the Wonderful Outdoor World program. Among the eight are Luz Roque from Pacoima and Alejandro Gutierrez and Ricardo Solis Jr. from Sylmar. W.O.W. gives urban children ages 8-12 a chance to camp at their local park or recreation area, where they learn skills like pitching tents and catching fish and get an overall respect for nature. It’s offered through the city Department of Recreation and Parks and has several public and private sponsors. — Fifteen Girl Scouts from the San Fernando Valley received the Girl Scout Gold Award at a ceremony in Granada Hills. Only senior scouts ages 16 or 17 are eligible for the award, which is the highest in the scouts. Earning the Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to “set goals, plan and put aspirations into action, gain leadership skills, explore career options and develop personal values while providing services to the community at large.” One of the award winners, Brianne King of Sylmar, designed a 12-square-foot “Star Gazing Center” for studying astronomy at a Girl Scout camp in Frazier Park. Another, Kristina Smith of Burbank, provided a summer music camp called “Mornings with Music” for children at a local school.last_img

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